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Category Archives: parking lot

Finally, the coast!

Tuesday night So… this campground – Castle Rock – is a tents-only campground.  It comprises a parking lot, a pit toilet and a big grassy field, and that’s it.  A rollicking family picnic is going on around a cluster of tents on the far side of the field – not scary or creepy I am […]

August 2012

This year’s Escape Reno Heat adventure is kind of disjointed so far.  I had these items on the agenda: get my 30,000 mile van service visit Martha vacate in somewhere cool (as in not hot) drop by Van Specialties for some minor repairs(*) So far I’ve done 1 and 2, uttterly FAILED on 3, and […]

Fall 11, get myself going

You’d think I’d know better by now, but … I got so excited about leaving tomorrow that I partied way too hard tonight.  With the sad result that I was shockingly hung over on Tuesday morning … a self-inflicted bad start to an all-around horrible day as it would prove to be. I zombied my […]

Spring Break!

Well, I’m traveling again, and here on the first night out I find myself parked at a cold and very windy pull-off 40 feet off of California 120, about 3 steep miles from US 395 and Lee Vining.  It’s dark and 7pm, and I have nothing better to do than to take up this blog […]

101205 – East Texas

My walmart wasn’t much to look at, but it had the most important ingredient, an edge looking out on nature. So I am able to angle the van into a nice view of scrub oaks and grass and pretend I’m not where I am.  I awoke to the sound of a raven convention on my […]

101203 – Louisiana, home of the drive-thru daiquiri stand

I followed the road right next the Gulf until I ran out of Mississippi.   As usual I angled around on the side roads trying to avoid the interstate, and I got the good and the bad of it today. On the good side, I followed a bumpy little county road around the corner of a […]

101130 – Florida Panhandle

I loved this stretch of country last time I was through here and I loved it again this time! My friend Dan called it the Redneck Riviera, and I can’t argue with that either. It’s called the Big Bend around here. It’s the bump on the Florida Panhandle directly below the Georgia-Alabama border (also where […]

101117 – Savannah

(I seem to have not carried my camera today, so you get another dumb bike picture) I drove the 120 miles or so back to the coast to the lovely city of Savannah. Not too much to say about it – a lot of walking, many picturesque squares.  I lucked into free day at the […]

101114 – Lowlands to Midlands

It’s not quite high enough to be the Highlands, but I’m not in the middle of a coastal swamp, so it’s definitely not the Lowlands either. My post-walmart day started very well, my wifi app found me an excellent little cafe.  I seem to get a more targeted selection of eateries by asking my wifi […]

101113 – Charleston

Today yelp was my friend.  It found me a breakfast place in Mt Pleasant, a town on way to Charleston, that was excellent.  It was super-crowded on a Saturday morning, but they had a counter that I slid right into.  I had crabcakes and eggs and grits!  Third day in a row for breakfast grits. […]